Misleading info

  • I am fortunate enough to of visited Prague on numerous occasions and where better to get good solid information about the Pražský krysařík than in the very country they originated in. The real and not exagerated history, how they virtually died out and the probability that todays Prague Ratter is very different from the canines of old.


    There is a lot of conflicting information on the web. Things like; these dogs are ideal pets for the elderly and even housebound, love young children, aren't shy of strangers, black and tan was the original color. Research this more thoroughly, away from the American and other European breeders and you will discover that PR's are incredibly active, curious and often wrestless mini beasts that need to run off the leash at least once or twice a day. Owning a PR I am more than clear that this little dog would be miserable and depressed if he wasn't allowed to do what he does best which is run like a bullet and pick up scents on the wind. Prague Ratters like many minature breeds will often be naturally cautious around small boysterous children. Their dainty frames and fragile bones are vulnerable to rough play and well he knows it. He's a clever little guy and his survival relies on his keen instinct. For these same reasons he is often wary of strangers and will tread cautiously around them, shying away from those keen to pat him. I have yet to find any evidence that black and tan dogs were the original colour. I have seen old paintings and photographs dating back to the 1920s and these dogs are tan/fawn in color. Of course these dogs were probably of mixed origin because, as we know, when the Prague Royals fell out of favour, these dogs lived with the peasants for hundreds of years. I doubt many were too concerned about blood lines and pedigrees. In the late 1980s things moved forward and the Prague Ratter was re-established, with great difficulty. Perhaps when people say that black and tan were the original color, they are nievely refering to the dogs re-establishment in the late 20th century.


    I have spoken to breeders and it surprises me how often they can, without hesitation, answer questions that my own research refuses to clarify. I often want to say, "you just made that up didn't you", but my good English manners won't let me. I'm concerned that the Prague Ratter has become little more than a heap of Chinese whispers and that hundreds of years of little to no information about this breed is being flowered over by some of the breeders.